Hits of the Past: Collin Raye - "Love, Me"

After a Top 30 start with "All I Can Be (Is A Sweet Memory)" introduced Collin Raye to country music fans in 1991, he returned with "Love, Me" a soft and sweet ballad that still gets radio airplay today.  What made this song stand-out from the pack?

Short, simple and sweet, “Love, Me” announced the arrival of a new vocal force to be reckoned with on the country music scene upon its release in 1991.  While not Collin Raye’s first single, “Love Me” started a string of Top 10 hits that ran six years and would’ve been part of a 3 song #1 streak had a little song called “Achy Breaky Heart” not stopped “Every Second” from reaching the top of the charts. 

Written by Skip Ewing and Max T. Barnes, “Love, Me” is a song about true love between two young kids as told via a story to the narrator’s grandchild.  It is about as simple as a song can get melodically as piano and soft instrumentation rarely gets in the way of the star of this song, the sweet, sweet lyric and Collin Raye’s honey-soaked voice.

“if you get there before I do, don’t give up on me.  I’ll meet you when my chores are through, I’ll don’t know how long I’ll be. But I’m not gonna let you down, darling, wait and see. And between now and then, I’ll see you again, I’ll be loving you. Love, me.”

This is the kind of song that will bring a tear to the eye of many a cold-hearted person as they recall the love they saw between their grandparents or even their parents.  It’s also the kind of song that can heal anybody’s grief when a loved one passes away. 

While his hit streak ended about 10 years after this song’s success, “Love, Me” is still played as one of the ‘golden’ cuts on country music radio and it still sounds as fresh today as it did in 1991/1992.  That is the key to a great single and in a career defined by some truly great singles, “Love, Me” remains the best single Collin Raye ever released and it’s exactly the kind of song every artist longs to find and record.

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